Interview

“Completely new dynamics”

Energy researcher Karen Smith Stegen predicts that the triumph of renewables will reshape international politics to the detriment of producing countries such as Russia and Saudi Arabia, while greater interconnectedness could result in a more peaceful coexistence.

2 Mar 15, Interviewed by Jörg-Rainer Zimmermann 0
Main topics
Photovoltaic Energy

IEA: Solar power on the up

Solar energy is on track to become the world’s leading energy source, according to the International Energy Agency. Two recently published reports on Solar Photovoltaic Energy and Solar Thermal Electricity suggest that both technologies combined could generate more than a quarter of the world's electricity by 2050.
2 Oct 14, Isaac Bah 0
Foto: Nest
Knowledge
Smart home

Nest gains home access

Google-owned home automation company Nest is continuing its rapid expansion by prodding ever more companies from the appliances and smart home sector to join its open software collaboration, dubbed "Works with Nest”.
16 Jan 15, Isaac Bah 0
Main topics
Economy
Battery research

New storage joint venture: it’s a Sony… kind of

Japanese technology conglomerate Sony Corporation and Canada’s largest electricity producer Hydro-Québec are joining forces to set up a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Both firms believe that demand for large-scale energy storage systems will increase in the future, driven by high demand for electric power during peak times, the need to stabilise fluctuations in electricity generated from renewables, and the goal of securing a stable power supply in case of outages or disasters.
2 Sep 14, Isaac Bah 1
Politics
NER300

Price slump in carbon credits for climate protection

Sales of 300 million carbon allowances to fund European climate-protection projects have ended. With roughly EUR 2 billion generated by the sales, the amount raised under the NER300 funding scheme was far lower than the issuing European Investment Bank had anticipated.
5 May 14, Jürgen Heup 0
Sections
European Wind Energy Association
The European Wind Energy Association is overhauling its organisational structure. Markus Tacke, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Wind Power, has been elected as the new chairman of the industry association, taking over from Andrew Garrad. As part of the restructuring process, the size of EWEA’s board of directors has been significantly reduced, resulting in a number of long-serving committee members being left out of the association’s decision-making panel for the next term.
Interview
…says Andreas von Bobart, General Manager Renewables Germany of GE Power & Water, commenting on the uncertainty in the wind industry, caused by the impending introduction of tenders.
Country ranking
The US still leads the field in installing geothermal energy systems. But according to the country’s Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), that could soon change.
Scientifically speaking
Following the German government’s heroic decision to phase out all of the country’s nuclear power plants in the next ten years and to undertake a massive expansion of renewable energies, there was a surge of optimism among all those keen on pressing ahead with the switch to renewables. But now reality has brought everyone down to earth with a bump.
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    4th Conference Power-to-Gas

    Ostbayerisches Technologie-Transfer-Institut e.V. (OTTI), Düsseldorf (Germany)
  • 13 Mar 15 to 14 Mar 15

    EUFORES 15th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting

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